He, She, They, We!

This is who my kid is (he). This is who I am (she). This is who our community is (they). We are all family (we)!

May 23, 2012 5:02 am

Orphan Stats

*Please… Let’s care about the orphan crisis that is going in WORLDWIDE!  These are our children!

It is estimated there are between 143 million and 210 million orphans worldwide (recent UNICEF report.)

The current population of the United States is just a little over 300 million… to give you an idea of the enormity of the numbers… (The current population of Russia is 141 million)

Every day 5,760 more children become orphans

2,102,400 more children become orphans every year in Africa alone 

Every 15 seconds, another child in Africa becomes an AIDS orphan

There are an estimated 18 million AIDS orphans in Sub-Saharan Africa

8 out of 10 children orphaned by AIDS lives in sub-Saharan Africa

Approximately 250,000 children are adopted annually, but… 

Each year over 14 million children grow up as orphans and age out of the system by age sixteen

Each day 38,493 orphans age out

Every 2.2 seconds another orphan ages out with no family to belong to and no place to call home

Studies show that 60% of the girls become prostitutes and 70% of the boys become hardened criminals 

May 14, 2012 5:01 am February 11, 2012 8:16 pm
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DID YOU KNOW?

More than 90 percent of all orphans in sub-Saharan Africa are cared for by extended families, not orphanages.

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November 3, 2011 5:00 am

Orphan Sunday - One Day. One Voice. One Purpose.

Whether you believe in God or not, please believe in something!  Be a voice for those who have NO voice.  Orphan Sunday is this Sunday, November 6th.

"Be the change you wish to see in the world."

History of Orphan Sunday

The seeds of this united Orphan Sunday come especially as a gift from the Church in Africa. While attending a church service in Zambia, an American visitor was struck by the pastor’s passionate call to care for orphans in the local community, which had been ravaged by AIDS and poverty. Members of the church faced deep need themselves. But as the service ended, one after another stepped forward with money, food and other goods-some even taking off their own shoes and placing them in the offering for orphans. The visitor, Gary Schneider, was so impacted that he began to help Zambian leaders coordinate Orphan Sunday efforts across Zambia. These efforts spread to the U.S. in 2003 with help from Every Orphan’s Hope and other organizations. (Orphan Sunday is licensed to the Christian Alliance for Orphans as a registered trademark of Every Orphan’s Hope). The Christian Alliance for Orphans honors the church in Zambia for the gift of Orphan Sunday. We pray the Church in America may be as faithful to reflect God’s heart for the orphan, both near and far.

April 12, 2011 7:00 am April 5, 2011 7:00 am

Get Passionate!!!

I know that people are passionate about what they’re passionate about. We are all drawn to different things.  Let’s see what’s out there right now—the war, gas prices, the economy, clean water, clean energy, plug in cars, Politics, European union, burning down the trees in the Amazon, having an African American President, etc.  Yet, since two of my passions are clean drinking water and the orphan crisis, Ima talk about that for a minute! 

I do indeed know that most people are horrified by the statistics of orphans in the world (please be aware that the US has a LARGE orphan crisis!!!  Don’t be deceived into thinking that it’s only in third world countries!)!

Please just look at these statistics and ponder!  I know not everyone is called to adopt—if you aren’t PLEASE DO NOT!  But you can do something!  We can ALL do something!  Even if it’s just us being made aware!

Every 15 SECONDS, another child becomes an AIDS orphan in Africa

Every DAY 5,760 more children become orphans

Every YEAR 2,102,400 more children become orphans (in Africa alone)

143,000,000Orphans in the world today spend an average of 10 years

in an orphanage or foster home

Approximately 250,000 children are adopted annually, but…

Every YEAR 14,050,000 children still grow up as orphans and AGE OUT of the system

Every DAY 38,493 children AGE OUT

Every 2.2 SECONDS, another orphan child AGES OUT with no family to belong to and no place to call home

Many of these children accept job offers that ultimately result in their being sold as slaves. Millions of girls are sex slaves today, simply because they were unfortunate enough to grow up as orphans.

Between 1990 and 2000, the number of orphans in Africa rose from 30.9 million to 41.5 million, and those orphaned by AIDS increased from 330,000 to seven million.

884 million people lack access to safe water supplies; approximately one in eight people.  3.575 million people die each year from water-related disease.

Diarrhea remains in the second leading cause of death among children under five globally. Nearly one in five child deaths – about 1.5 million each year – is due to diarrhea. It kills more young children than AIDS, malaria and measles combined.

Let’s get passionate about something other than ourselves!  Right? :-)